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Vinyl Sticker Assignment

For this project I began by making my griffin sticker in class. Using Inkscape I combined an opossum and a bunny. We ran out of time in class to make our logo designs so I didn’t end up physically making one. I felt like I understood what I was doing in class on Inkscape, but then when I started working on drawing my own using Inkscape I encountered some difficulties.

When I came to open hours I started by using Inkscape and making most of the shapes on my own, however I could not draw the eyelashes so I tried to use an existing image and bitmap it but when I tried to remove parts of it using shapes and the methods we had used in class it wasn’t working. I struggled with this for an hour and asked someone for help but they weren’t sure what the issue was and eventually I tried to approach my project in a different way.

So then, instead of using Inkscape I designed it myself using silhouette. This worked for the most part except I couldn’t draw eyelashes on there. I also was able to cut everything once using one sheet with different vinyl rather than sending multiple designs one at a time. The only problem with this was that some of the vinyl was glossy and the black was matte so I just had to be careful removing it.

This gave me a final project with 4 layers in 3 different colors that I’m still happy with but I really would have liked to have had eyelashes and hopefully will become better at using and understanding Inkscape.


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Vinyl Sticker Assignment

My Multi-layer Logo Sticker.
My original “griffin” sticker – combination of a lion and a bat.

The two stickers above are the first two stickers I made as I was getting more familiar with designing in Inkscape and with using Silhouette Studio.

For my complex multi-layered sticker, I sought to design a sticker for an RSO that I am a part of called ICF. My initial design idea was to put the text for ICF over the country of India, as well as putting the Indian flag as a pattern within the text.

My initial design for the final sticker.

Because the “ICF” was text made in Inkscape with a pattern used to put the flag in, it was not possible to separate the different parts by color within Inkscape. Instead, I had to use color tracing in Silhouette Studio. The tracing did not work well with the blue center part of the flag, so I had to modify the design. I had to isolate a picture of the Indian flag that was scaled to a large size, trace it, delete everything except the blue center part, scale it down, and then copy it into the original tracing for my design. Below is the result of the tracing.

The final tracing for the multi-layered sticker.

For the build process, there were a few small mistakes on my part. First, the sticker that was cut out for the country in the background was slightly cut off at the top. From the image above, it appears as if the tracings were definitely within the 4″ x 4″ boundaries, so I may have lined up the vinyl improperly. Below is the result.

The cut out sticker for the country. It is cut off at the top left.

The other complication in the build process was regarding the center blue part and the white background in the “C”. Because I had to replace the center part from another image, it did not connect with the original image in such a way so that the white part of the sticker would fill in the gaps in the blue center part. Also, the blue center part was much too small for the level of detail. As a result, it was very difficult to separate it from the sheet. Below is the final result of the sticker.

The final result for the multi-layered sticker.

Final reflections: This was definitely very challenging for me. I think it would have been better if I had made something that had more clearly defined lines between colors or if I had used only images to make the design. The sticker itself looks a little too animated to me, and the center part doesn’t look too good. However, despite the struggles, I definitely enjoyed the process of designing this sticker and learned quite a bit more about Inkscape and Silhouette Studio!

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Vinyl Sticker Assignment

In class, I worked on two stickers that aided me in making my final sticker by teaching me about how to group and ungroup objects, visualize different layers and use transfer tape to create the final product. My inspiration for the first sticker, the Shark-Elephant, came from thinking of how I could combine two completely different creatures to create a comical “griffin” type animal.

Here I created a “Shark-Elephant”

In my second sticker, I chose a picture of a Yellow Labrador Retriever and quickly found out how difficult I made my life by working with a picture that had a lot of small pieces and thin vector lines. I struggled with the eyes, eyebrows, and tail because it was difficult to keep all of the pieces together. My inspiration for creating a dog as my second sticker came from my two Yellow Labs at home. As I worked on this project, I was challenged with printing issues and the intricacies of putting the sticker together and lining it up properly. You can see how I accidentally cut off part of the tail with tweezers during the weeding process, but the main image of the dog has kept its shape.

My vector image of the Yellow Lab

My final sticker was inspired by the Patagonia logo and my passion for the outdoors. I wanted to create something that was personal, combined multiple layers and challenged me with some small pieces, so the colors above the mountain, my name, and the red stripe took a while to get right. I tried my best to keep the small dots in the “e” and “g” of my name, but I couldn’t get the transfer tape to pick them up properly. Overall, I’m happy with my stickers because it took me over three and a half hours to make them, they challenged me and they turned out almost perfect. The small imperfections make them personal, and next time I make multi-layered stickers, I’ll be able to create beautiful pieces of work.

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Assignment 2: Layered Sticker

For this assignment I wanted to make something to represent an inside joke I have with some of my friends. We like to play super smash bros and the phrase “yeet or be yeeted” gets thrown around a lot. In order to commemorate this I decided to make a sticker with the super smash bros logo as well as the phrase on it.

Inkscape screenshot

I used Inkscape to create the vector file for this project. Because the original image I used was all one color I was able to just use trace bitmap to generate the vector of the “fire ball”. I then made a duplicate of the fire and enlarged the borders a bit to give a sense of depth. I then found a warning sign image to make the background. I decided to make the black the bottom layer in order to avoid having to line up all of the letters by hand. This also let me line up the fire ball layers easier.

Cut stickers

Except for the top layer everything printed out correctly the first time.

Finished sticker

Getting the centers out the fireballs when reasonably well, the only real hiccup at this stage was getting the letters out of the yellow layer. I started off using my fingernails and tweezers, but then found a razor blade worked very well. Unfortunately some of the letters didn’t turn out great (the second “E” in yeet is the worst). Additionally when removing the inside of the letters I lost the inner part of the “R”, “B”, and “D”. This wasn’t a huge deal because I feel like the phrase is still legible in its current state. If I were to do this project again I think I would either make a design without words, or I would have made the letters much larger so that it wasn’t as hard to get them out.

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Vinyl Sticker Assignment

My stickers!

The first sticker I made was a griffin. I combined the wings of a butterfly and a koala. I used path difference to split the butterfly in half and unified the two silhouette images of the animals. Initially I chose two other animals (a kiwi and an elephant), but it didn’t turn out as I liked so I opted for the two animals in my final griffin sticker.

The second sticker was the Fablab logo. It contained three layers. We simply opened the Inkscape file into Silhouette and sent the file to the sticker printers. Then we practiced transferring the layers onto one another.

The real bathing house.

The third sticker was a remix of my own. Last semester I studied abroad in Australia and I visited Melbourne’s Brighton Beach, where they are known for their colorful bathing houses, which are just small beach shacks. I wanted to create the most iconic bathing house in my sticker.

The four layers on Inkscape.
The transfer paper doing it’s job.

Initially, I just searched for a house silhouette as the base of my sticker but found that none of the result were exactly what I wanted so I created my own by creating a square and a triangle on Inkscape and unifying them together. Then I found a picture of the Australian flag and color traced the image, where I was able to ungroup the layers and use path difference to be left with the Union Jack. Then to finish off the elements of my sticker, I created 7 point stars on Inkscape. After all my components were created, I played around on Inkscape and aligned them in order to get the correct scales. Then I separated the layers, opened the Inkscape file on Silhouette and printed the layers on the corresponding colors. This process was straight forward and fairly easy, besides a few small things on Inkscape that I just needed to get familiar with.

The first real problem I encountered was the printing machine. I did not realize at first that the wheels were not aligned and therefore the printer was unable to load the vinyl sheets precisely, thus creating inaccurate cuts in the vinyl. Luckily, I realized this quickly and stopped the printing job and fixed the wheels with the help of a Fablab member. From there, I was able to print all the needed layers. I grabbed the transfer tape and was able to easily layer each vinyl component to create the finishing product. Overall, I am really happy with the turnout and I feel more comfortable using Inkscape and Silhouette. 

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Assignment 2

To learn about stickering, before the main assignment we worked on two simpler stickers to create. My first was a single-layer sticker which was a hybrid of a dog and a bird. The second was a three-layer sticker of a shield.

I decided to make my final multi-layered sticker of Tux, the Linux penguin.

I thought the black could be used for the base layer, with the feet, stomach + eyes, and beak each their own layer on top. I realized the beak has small details for the nose and smile, which could be done by either sticking an extra black layer on top of the beak, or by cutting the holes from the beak. I decided to do the second option because I felt it would be more accurate.

To customize the sticker I added a picture of a hat, which would be placed on top of the penguin’s head.

After ungrouping the parts on Inkscape, I did a few more changes to properly join the feet and the white parts to be the same layer. Features like union, intersection, etc. on Inkscape were very useful and made the process easy. My TA Emilie also advised me to extend the black base layer to be joined with the hat as otherwise it may look wonky which I did later. After I separated each part into their proper layers, I placed them back together and sent the picture to the silhouette program.

Although I did not get a chance to take pictures of the sticker printing and physical layering process, I will describe the process. For the most part, the layering went smoothly. However, one issue I encountered was the printing machine printing from the wrong starting offset. I thought this was the case because I was using the wrong plastic grid, but even after using the correct grid it was still printing more or less an inch to the right, which I had to account for for every print.

Another minor issue was printing the hat. For some reason, the individual stripes of the hat would have trouble printing without getting removed from the sticker during the printing. I had to print this multiple times so I could use each stripe from multiple prints.

The very top of the hat was even worse and could barely be printed. It was too thin and did not work very well so I omitted it from the final product.

I think overall my sticker turned out fine. The placement was not super precise but I am fairly happy with the result.

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Juxtaposition of my dog and chinchilla

These first two I made in class. I combined a dog and a chinchilla to make the blue silhouette sticker. I love dogs and have always wanted a chinchilla so I easily knew what two animals I wanted to do. Then during class I made the multiple layered bee. I decided to use a gold color instead of the normal yellow because I am not a fan of yellow.

Design on my laptop

These were the three designs I made on my computer to print out. The first two were somethings that I thought were very cute and loved looking at. The last one was the one I liked the most. I decided to not print the TV out because it had a lot of small lines and objects I did not think would print out correctly. I definitely will adjust it in the future and print it out. I decided to with the bear design to print out. It did not go well to say the least. I did not allow enough time to make it properly and I did not have to correct colors I wanted for it.

Final product

Many things went wrong when I made this. First I did not trace all my colors correctly on the computer. There were supposed to be four colors but it did not work out that way when I traced it.

I made the mistake of not locking in place the mat so the cuts were wrong. Which lead to the design above. There also was no brown vinyl so I made the bear purple.

Next time when I have more time I will most definitely take more time to make it look better. Also making sure I know how to use the machines is something I need to focus more on. Overall, I am happy that I at least have something to show but definitely not that pleased with this final product.

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Stickers – Craig Santo

I created the first two images during lab section – I didn’t know that we needed to do a logo for the layered one, but I’d say it’s pretty close to the twitter logo…

My Griffin sticker is a corgi-bird hybrid, created by cutting apart a bird silhouette (removing most of the bird, and then breaking the wings and tail apart) and unioning them with the corgi silhouette.

For the “Twitter” logo, I found a black-and-white outlined picture of a bird, and used two copies of it to make the separate pieces – one became the full black background that the rest of the pieces would go on, and the other turned into the separate pieces that would be layered on top (main body/head, wing, beak).

I don’t have any in-progress shots of the “Twitter” sticker, but the layering was wing, body, beak. In retrospect I slightly missed the wing sticker’s placement.

For the final sticker, I edited the “Welcome to Nightvale” art depicted below

There were some printing mishaps – after sacrificing a few vinyl sheets, I decided to do the two black pieces (tower and waves) separately because I wasn’t quite able to get them on the same sheet – the alignment of the printing sheet was not quite what it said it was.
All the layers finalized
Backsplash layer with tower
Eye on top of backsplash layer
Center of eye added
Final – waves added

The toughest part about this assignment was getting the black pieces of the sticker to peel out and stick properly – I need to pluck out pluck out pieces from the tower sticker, and delicately pull the waves from the rest of their vinyl.

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Vinyl Sticker

The two layers from the dog picture.
To edit the layers of the picture, I had to convert the picture to an outline format in bitmap so I could trace the left foot because it blended in with the background.
After turning it to greyscale I could get the picture to look like this with the trace bitmap.
This is the original picture I used to make the sticker.

For the final sticker, I chose to make a sticker of my friends dog, to get the layers of the image I had to change the original picture to a greyscale version so Inkscape could find the color layers. Once Inkscape separated the layers, I had to edit the layers so I could bring back the leg and parts of the face that the Inkscape grouped together when it did the split. I added another layer to the sticker with my friend’s dogs name.

My griffin sticker was a seamoose. It was originally a seadeer but I had to turn the head to the side because I had the profile view of a seahorse, so I made the head of the dear into the profile view of a horse.

the blade I used wasn’t thick enough so I couldn’t peel the sticker of the griffin sticker well.

The logo sticker I chose to make was the SpaceX logo. I chose to keep a white background because the letters would be cut individually.

the grey is its own layer.
final logo sticker
final sticker

If I were to do it again, I would definitely change the font of “Pooper”, the spacing of the letters, and the background (its so awkward) and refine the edges.

Overall it was really fun to edit the images and play with the colors of the images.

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Silhouette Sticker Lab

Overall this was a fun lab where I got the opportunity to be creative and be a maker which is something I don’t get to do much in my other classes. For the first sticker-making activity we made a Griffin sticker which involved us combining two animals together. I put together a turtle and a butterfly, I’ll call it a “turtlefly”. My original design on the computer had antennas connected to the turtle’s head but since they were so thin and small they fell off when I printed the sticker.

The second sticker-making activity was to take a logo and make it into a new image. I chose to take the Target logo and format it into a heart, I did this by taking a target silhouette and putting it inside a heart silhouette.

Finally, for my multi-layer sticker I decided to turn a drawing my seven year old sister made for me into a sticker to gift her for her birthday in a couple months. Since it was was drawn on lined paper I traced the image to get it on a blank sheet and scanned the image onto my computer and opened it in InkScape.

When I converted the image to a path in Inkscape there we a lot of nodes and I had to go through and condense how many there were and turn the drawing into complete shapes. This was a bit challenging for me as I wasn’t sure how to transform the sketch into seperate objects and still keep it authentic. After deleting, adding, separating and joining nodes I was able to make three distinct shapes: the head, the hair and the horn.

So Many Nodes!

The image above was my first attempt at printing. As you can see… it was a bit of a fail! The vinyl wasn’t placed correctly and the unicorn’s nose got cut off and also I was trying to print the eye, nose, and hair pieces separately to layer it on top of the white. After some thought I realized I instead should cut these pieces out of the white piece.

At this point I was ready to print.

I have four layers: the bottom black outline, the white unicorn, the pink hair and finally the hat.

This is the end product of my multi-layer unicorn sticker. This week I gained some intuition on cutting and layering pieces to complete an image.

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Vinyl Sticker Assignment

For this Vinyl Sticker assignment, I learned how to use the Silhouette Portrait electronic cutter. I also familiarized myself more with the tools in InkScape. The first sticker I made during our lab was the Griffin sticker which was a combination of two different animals. I decided to combine two of my favorite animals which are a flamingo and dolphin. I struggled to break apart and then re combine these two images. I was very pleased with my end result of my mythical creature I created.

Here is the combination of the two animals I chose. I chose to keep the head of the flamingo and use the body of the dolphin.

For my final product, I decided to create a sticker of a palm tree. I love anything that comes from a tropical background and decided to continue the trend with my final product. I used two images from the internet and combined them to create my sticker.

This is the first image I used to create my palm tree.
This is the second image I used. I decided to add the sand bar island and water to my sticker.

The process of tracing these images and making sure they would fit together was the most difficult part of the building process. I wanted to make sure the sandbar and water from the second image would be large enough for the palm tree in my first image to sit upon. I had to enlarge these photos and print out my stickers a few times. I received a lot of assistance from workers in the Fab lab. After properly printing my stickers, I had my first layer be the water. My second and third layer was the sand bar and black outline of the palm tree. The layering of the leaves and tree bark for my sticker was the most time consuming part of creating my sticker. I tried to the best of my ability to layer these parts and I was pleased with my final product.

Here is my final product that combined both images that I found on the internet.

Overall, I was very pleased with how my final product turned out. In the future, I hope to become more comfortable with Silhouette Portrait electronic cutter to create more complex pictures. I thought it was a cool experience to create my own sticker and layer two different images together.

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Vinyl Sticker Assignment

For my Vinyl Sticker Assignment, I was able to learn so much about using a combination of Inkscape, Silhouette Studio, and the Silhouette Portrait electronic cutter. The first sticker that I created was the Griffin sticker which combined the mashup of two animals and I decided to combine a tiger and a T-Rex to create my own “Tigersaurus Rex”. In my INFO 303 class, we actually took a field trip to the Fab Lab where I created a Buffalo Chicken mashup, so I did have a little bit of previous knowledge when using this program compared to little to none background knowledge when I created my Laser Name Tag.

Here is the combination of the Tiger’s body with the T-Rex’s head. Looks scary!

For my final product, I decided to create a sticker that would be placed on my laptop and used to fill up the last corner which had not previously had a sticker. I am a big Chicago Cubs baseball fan, therefore, I decided to create a sticker that used their logo along with 2 black baseball bats because all throughout my baseball playing career I only used black bats. This was a superstition that I had when I played and wanted to personalize my sticker to reflect that and remember my playing days of baseball in high school.

The building process of the sticker was the most challenging because I wanted the colors to align up correctly and I had to run the stickers through the Silhouette Portrait electronic cutter multiple times because it did not align up correctly. I also asked the workers there for some additional assistance and they were more than happy to help. When I got all the different pieces together, I got my laptop ready and started with the baseball bats. I placed the bats crossing each other on my laptop and worked backwards to get my finished product. I then layered the blue circle then the smaller white circle. The last challenging part was putting the letters of ‘Cubs’ on top of the white circle to align them to the best of my ability and spell the baseball team name.

Here is my final product of my own Cubs logo that can be seen on my laptop!

Overall, my final product turned out exactly how I wanted it to look. I have three other “professionally-done” stickers on my laptop, but this sticker is by far my favorite because of how unique it is and how I was able to create a sticker that will hopefully stay on my laptop forever! In the future, I hope to become more comfortable with the Silhouette Portrait electronic cutter and create bigger stickers that can possibly take up my entire laptop or even be put on the back of my phone!

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